Does flight time in a FFS (Level D) count towards the maximum flying hours permitted under flight time limitations?

e.g. you spend 4 hours in a simulator. Do those 4 hours come off your maximum flying hours for the 3 day period, 7 day period, 28 day period, 84 day period and the year?

A reference under EASA would be great if anyone has it, please!

  • $\begingroup$ In the US, no. The definition in Part 117 of Flight Duty Period (FDP) and Block Hours are specific to aircraft and "for the purpose of flight" and similar language. While there can be contractual limitations on crew rest before a simulator training period, the FAA doesn't care. (Of course, time on duty, in the sim or classroom or otherwise all counts as time on duty that day if you then get into an aircraft to go fly.) We don't accrue FDP nor Block hour liability for time in the sim in FAA-land; dunno about EASA. (Probably depends on the exact language in those regs defining Block time.) $\endgroup$
    – Ralph J
    Aug 31 at 21:57
  • $\begingroup$ Related for FAA: How are the hours that count toward fatigue limits calculated by the FAA? $\endgroup$
    – ymb1
    Aug 31 at 22:22

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